airchild Posted March 24, 2008 Report Share Posted March 24, 2008 I hope this is not a dumb technique question, but here goes: Where should the foot be placed during the pirouette? I have just recently noticed - while watching video footages of some of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century - that during pirouettes, the working leg's foot's arch is cupping the kneecap of the supporting leg, with the entire box of the pointe shoe sticking out beyond the lateral side of the knee. However, when I first learned to do the pirouette, my teacher taught me that the toes should be placed right underneath the kneecap. That means, no toes sticking out beyond the knee. I wonder if my technique has been wrong throughout, or are there different ways to place the foot when in retiré? Is it a matter of fashion? I mean, those videos I saw were from the 50s and 60s. But I have seen contemporary dancers do the same, too. Also, another related question is: How do you keep the working foot in retiré long enough? Mine always collapse half-way in a turn I was wondering if it would help if I place my foot farther in like the way I described above. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Quote Link to comment
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